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Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in a victory for abortion-rights advocates, has limited the power of Texas and other states to restrict or effectively shut down clinics that offer the procedure.

The justices, by a 5-3 vote, said Monday that Texas lawmakers went too far by imposing unnecessary regulations that had forced most of the state's ...Read more

Why Trump isn't enough for Senate Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats say they need more than just Donald Trump to win back a majority.

In an election in which the New York billionaire has been hard to escape, these Democratic candidates are vowing that their campaigns will be about more than just exploiting the weaknesses of the GOP's new leader.

That might surprise Republicans, ...Read more

The politics of fear

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WASHINGTON -- The mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando two weeks ago has brought out political-anxiety rhetoric in force. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is rocking the electoral world with his raw appeal to fears about terrorism and crime.

His allies in Congress, acting as surrogates, have embraced ...Read more

Republicans in wait-and-see mode going into Colorado Senate primary

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans have just one real shot at unseating a Democratic senator this year, and on Tuesday they will find out how realistic their chances are.

For different reasons, the bigger names whom Republicans wanted to run for the Colorado Senate seat did not.

Depending on who wins Tuesday's primary, the party will either have to get...Read more

No Summer of Love with Republicans in Obama's final year

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WASHINGTON -- The White House is hitting congressional Republicans with ever-sharper rhetorical blows as years of ill will and election-year posturing threaten to kill what was already shaping up to be a slim legislative agenda.

As the extended congressional summer break approaches, both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are echoing with insults, ...Read more

Trump's failed Baja resort fits business pattern

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LOS ANGELES -- When Stephenee Simms heard in 2006 that Donald Trump was building condo towers in Baja California, Mexico, the lure of a posh weekend getaway on the rustic coast just south of Tijuana was hard to resist.

Simms, then an aerospace purchasing agent living in Los Angeles, said she used her life savings to pay a deposit of just over $...Read more

After 'Brexit' vote, Clinton calls for 'steady, experienced leadership'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Hillary Clinton pitched herself as an example of "steady, experienced leadership" and bipartisanship Sunday, just hours after the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, declined to say whether he thought Donald Trump was qualified to be president.

Speaking at a gathering of mayors here, Clinton said the market turmoil that...Read more

Senate GOP leader McConnell refuses to say if Trump is qualified to be president

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, refused to say Sunday whether he thinks his party's presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is qualified to be president of the United States.

"Look, I'll leave that to the American people to decide. You know, he won the Republican nomination fair and square," ...Read more

Clinton continues to lead Trump in two new polls

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WASHINGTON -- Two new polls continue to show Hillary Clinton leading the presidential race against Donald Trump, although the surveys differ on the size of her margin.

Clinton holds a 12-point lead, 51 percent to 39 percent, in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, which shows roughly two in three Americans saying the wealthy businessman is...Read more

Trump and Clinton continue to struggle with unfavorable views

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When it comes to policy and their visions for America, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offer stark contrasts.

Yet with less than five months until election day, both are finding some commonality in an area that's not ideal: They're not well-liked.

More than candidates in past elections, Trump and Clinton are struggling to make voters like ...Read more

Clinton toys with the idea of two women on the Democratic ticket

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WASHINGTON -- On a day when Hillary Clinton is going to campaign with Elizabeth Warren, the joint appearance raises the question: Is America ready for two women on a presidential ticket?

Clinton is the first woman to clinch a major party nomination for president. And now she's considering adding a second woman to the ticket with Warren, the ...Read more

Clinton is content letting Trump dominate news cycles

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is getting trounced by Donald Trump when it comes to sheer volume of media coverage, and that's just fine with her.

The presumptive Democratic nominee and her advisers are betting that when it comes to Trump, there is such a thing as bad publicity. Their theory is that the wall-to-wall attention Trump has received,...Read more

Analysis: Rubio has big advantages, but faces many challenges in seeking re-election

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Democrats were eagerly anticipating this year's U.S. Senate race in Florida, hoping they could score a much-needed pickup. Republicans were nervous, fearing a major loss.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio upended the race and changed the political calculus when he announced -- barely 48 hours before Friday's deadline -- that he'd ...Read more

Could a Brexit sentiment sweep Trump into office?

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WASHINGTON -- The 2016 race for the White House has weathered more shocks than an old pickup truck bumping along a pothole-covered road.

Now there's Brexit, Britain's stunning decision this week to bolt from the European Union, and possibly another jolt in America's journey to the November election.

Political seismographs were busy Friday ...Read more

House Ethics Committee Clears Vern Buchanan

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WASHINGTON -- Four years after it launched an investigation into allegations of improper dealings by Rep. Vern Buchanan, the House Ethics Committee announced Friday it is dropping the case.

The committee reviewed allegations that the Florida Republican was involved with coercing a former business partner to sign a false affidavit to the Federal...Read more

Here's what Britain's vote to leave the EU tells us about the US presidential election

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WASHINGTON -- The Britons who voted to take their country out of the European Union were predominantly white, working class, older and deeply upset about immigration.

Their leaders drew scorn from the university-educated elite as nativists, borderline racists and occasional buffoons. Backing them was too risky, opponents said.

Sound familiar? ...Read more

Sanders says he will vote for Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders will vote for Hillary Clinton, he said in an interview Friday morning. But he stopped short of saying that he would embrace her candidacy.

"Yes," he said during an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump."

He added: "I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a ...Read more

Dump Trump convention effort could look to someone like Walker

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CHICAGO -- As the long-shot bid to block Donald Trump from becoming the Republican presidential nominee gains modest momentum, the movement's leaders claim they have no one specifically in mind to replace him at next month's national convention.

That doesn't mean names aren't circulating and politicians aren't subtly auditioning for what could ...Read more

Supreme Court deadlock on immigration will have far-reaching implications

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WASHINGTON -- A deadlocked Supreme Court decision that blocks President Barack Obama from granting amnesty to the parents of legal U.S. residents who are in the country illegally will deprive many of those people of the right to sign up for health insurance in California, analysts of the decision said Thursday.

Most immigrants who are in the ...Read more

Supreme Court acts, and Obama's immigration legacy takes a hit

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's dream of what he says is a more humane immigration system was quashed by the Supreme Court on Thursday with a ruling that ended a policy meant to keep families together.

The Supreme Court, on a 4-4 tie, upheld a Texas case that had stopped Obama's executive order that put off deportations of the ...Read more